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Action Comics has revealed that Clark Kent has a mysterious informant who is aiding the young reporter in his crusade against Glen Glenmorgan. In Action Comics #3 we see "Icarus" reassuring Clark to stay in the game against Glenmorgan despite the industrialist turning the media's attention away from himself and onto Superman. So far, we haven't been clued in on Icarus' true identity. Yesterday, during an afternoon of idle thought, I mused on the question of the informant's true name. My first thought was that "Icarus" was a member of the Legion of Superheroes. This would fit his apparent knowledge of the future. Someone pointed out to me that the three beautiful people who visited Clark's apartment while he was away in Action Comics #1 were probably Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, and Saturn Girl (two men and a blonde woman). It's also been hinted that the Legion will make an actual appearance in Action Comics very soon. However, this is also the greatest argument against one of their members being "Icarus." It's the most obvious answer. Also, if Clark is already acquainted with the Legion (as evidenced by their visit to his apartment) then why would one of them need to hide their identity to be his informant? I decided to shelf the Legion answer for the moment and come up with some other possibilities.
I looked at the name "Icarus" and reviewed its mythological roots. In Greek myth, Icarus was a boy with wax wings who flew too close to the sun and it lead to danger. That's when a mad thought hit me. Who, in the history of Grant Morrison's work, flew too close to the sun leading him to danger?
Why, that's what happened to Big Blue in All-Star Superman. Some of you are going to point out that All-Star Superman was an out-of-continuity story and definitely was not set in the DCnU. However, let me remind you that Grant has sewn alternate continuities together before. Solaris was a villain in both the JLA from post-crisis DC continuity and in All-Star Superman. Superman Prime and Kal Kent both appear in JLA and All-Star Superman as well. The All-Star Superman has interacted with past versions of himself before (All-Star Superman #6) and with his descendants. He would have the knowledge of the future to steer a younger version of himself to the right path. So, what I'm suggesting, is that "Icarus" is either the All-Star Superman or some future version of Superman with a history that's close in proximity to the All-Star version of the character. I could be wrong. It may sound a bit far fetched, but I think the proof is in the name. Only time will tell.